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  • Butterfly’s mustache gives it away as a new species

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    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    After nearly a century in the Natural History Museum collections, a new butterfly species has been discovered because of its mustache.

    A new butterfly species from the dry Magdalena valleys of Colombia has been discovered among the three million butterfly specimens at the Natural History Museum in London by a butterfly curator. It lay undiscovered in the collection for 90 years, but only when the curator Blanca Huertas compared it with a recently found wild specimen was it identified as ...

  • The Unusual Reproductive Life Of The Naked Mole-Rat

    from Kitty Mowmow's Animal Expo

    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    The animal looks like a newborn hamster still naked and blind. But it is not a hamster; it is a naked mole-rat and already ten years old. These strange creatures live in the semi-deserts of Africa and have a life-span of up to 25 years.

    This way of life is very unusual for mammals: Their subterranean colonies are organised like an insect community around a single breeding queen. The rest of the animals are workers and soldiers. Since September 2008 there is such a colony with 19 animals at...

  • Climate Change Hurting Hares: White Snowshoe Hares Can’t Hide On Brown Earth

    from Kitty Mowmow's Animal Expo

    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    University of Montana researcher Scott Mills and his students have noticed an exceptional number of white snowshoe hares on brown earth. He contends that climate change and the color mismatch are causing much more hare mortality.

    On an unseasonably warm May afternoon, University of Montana wildlife biology Professor Scott Mills treks into the shadowy forests above the Seeley-Swan Valley in pursuit of his quarry. He skirts the rivulets of water melting from snow patches. In one hand he holds an...

  • When kids and classroom pets don’t mix

    from Kitty Mowmow's Animal Expo

    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    It has long been considered a rather cute addition to a classroom or preschool: a pet bird, rabbit or hatching chickens, there to show young children about nature.

    But, far from being an educational tool, classroom pets are often sending a very wrong message to children about responsibility and empathy.

    Children would be much better off with this type of lesson off the curriculum.

    I remember touring one potential occasional care centre when my daughter was younger and found a really sad sight...

  • Archaeologists Find Earliest Known Domestic Horses: Harnessed and Milked

    from Kitty Mowmow's Animal Expo

    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    An international team of archaeologists has uncovered the earliest known evidence of horses being domesticated by humans. The discovery suggests that horses were both ridden and milked. The findings could point to the very beginnings of horse domestication and the origins of the horse breeds we know today. Led by the Universities of Exeter and Bristol (UK), the research is published on Friday 6 March 2009 in journal Science.

    The researchers have traced the origins of horse domestication back...

  • Cow Hocks in Dogs

    from Kitty Mowmow's Animal Expo

    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    Luika is our fourth German Shepherd Dog, but unlike are previous three, he comes from show stock. Maybe this is where the problem lay!

    When Luika first explored the delights of our garden, we noticed a marked weakness in his back legs. He was due for his second lot of injections within a couple of weeks, so mentioned our concerns to the vet.

    As Luika grew, his problem seemed more pronounced and our concerns were justified following our second trip to the vets.

    Despite my research there was very...

  • Gray Wolves No Longer To Be Listed As Threatened And Endangered Species

    from Kitty Mowmow's Animal Expo

    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has affirmed on March 6 the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in the western Great Lakes and the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. Wolves will remain a protected species in Wyoming.

    The recovery of the gray wolf throughout significant portions of its historic range is one of the great success stories of the...

  • Last stranded King Island whale successfully returned to sea

    from Kitty Mowmow's Animal Expo

    Friday August 27th, 2010 at 03:04 AM

    Whale rescuers today successfully returned the last live whale stranded on Naracoopa Beach on King Island back to the water.

    Parks and Wildlife Service Reserves manager Chris Arthur said the adult female pilot whale was slung between two jet skis and taken off-shore before being released.

    The whale was seen to swim toward a group of whales in the area, several of which had been tagged by rescuers two days earlier.

    This rescue effort has seen 54 pilot whales and five bottlenose dolphins...

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